Organization announces availability of field device integration (FDI) specification and developer tools
The FieldComm Group announced that the FDI Cooperation, LLC’s Field Device Integration (FDI) specification, developer tools, and common host components are available for automation suppliers to develop products and host systems compatible with FDI. The FDI specification is publically released and made available through the FieldComm Group. It was submitted to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for final approval in the international standardization process and will be included in the emerging standard IEC 62769 which is expected to be approved Q1 2015.
The FieldComm Group, an organization formed through the combing of two founding members of the FDI Cooperation-the Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation-will deliver and support the FDI related products for Foundation Fieldbus, HART and Profibus. With FDI, a single FDI device package can scale according to the complexities and requirements of each device. This makes it easier for automation suppliers to develop and integrate device information and configurations across a wide range of host systems and protocols.
Developers may now implement and test FDI device packages using the FDI integrated development environment (IDE), which is designed to help device manufacturers create FDI Device Packages for Foundation fieldbus, HART, and Profibus devices. Host system manufacturers may also now implement FDI host components for host systems like device management tools, asset management tools, or process automation systems. FDI host components fully support the new unified EDD file format for Foundation Fieldbus, HART and Profibus devices as well as existing Foundation Fieldbus and HART EDDs to protect end user investments.
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